I’ve been offline for a bit, partially because of technical stuff that you wouldn’t understand and partially because I’ve been riding motorcycles across Nicaragua and back. I’m not even supposed to be talking about it, it’s kind of a “hush hush” thing, but I figure y’all are in the trust tree and can keep this between us.
About a year ago a young man named Elliott Woods came for a visit. As it happens Elliott is a freelance writer and while here we brainstormed some ideas for stories he could write about Nicaragua. At the end of the week he had decided he was going to pitch the idea of a story on the Nicaraguan canal construction…and it got picked up by a prominent magazine Named ********. So About two months ago I got a call from Elliott and he said the story was on and his idea was to ride the canal route on motorcycles to get the photos and interviews he needed to write his piece. He asked me to guide and translate for him and work some of the logistics which I was happy to do. As I looked into renting motorcycles I realized they were pretty expensive to rent and I got the great idea that I would buy the motorcycles and then he would rent them from me for the time we needed to do the story….voila! I got one free motorcycle. I wound up buying three Chinese made 250cc Serpentos…they’re pretty cool looking, but they’re not fancy euro bikes or even Japanese work horses…but they did pretty good on the trip.
We’re back at home now, the trip completed and I have to say it was nice not to get on the bike after 10 days of riding. We covered about 1200km and a lot of that was on pretty bad roads. It also doesn’t account for the 250km we did by boat…the east coast has more rivers than roads.
I’ll put up some more details in subsequent blogs and get some photos out to you. It was a pretty epic tale and I’ll try to relay it as we move forward. In the mean time…it’s good to be back…and the waves are good too!